G2E lands top industry speakers

Jul 23, 2002 7:33 AM

Some of the gaming industry’s most widely recognized names will be on the Global Gaming Expo marquee Sept. 17-19 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

The list of casino execs reads like a who’s who of the Las Vegas Strip: Terry Lanni of MGM Mirage, Tom Gallagher of Park Place Entertainment and Phil Satre of Harrah’s will be among the speakers.

Also on tap: Bill Boyd of Boyd Gaming, Frank Fertitta of Station Casinos, Jack Gallaway of Isle of Capri, Jim Perry of Argosy Gaming and Toger Wagner of Horseshoe Gaming.

Then there’s Merv Griffin, who will appear at a Q&A session where attendees can "Ask Merv!" about his five decades in the entertainment, gaming and hospitality business.

"When we set out to develop our own show, our goal was to feature the most knowledgeable people in our business so they could share their experiences with everyone in the industry from around the world,’’ said Frank J. Fahrenkopf, Jr., president and CEO of the American Gaming Association. "By sharing their expertise at G2E, today’s industry leaders are helping to make G2E an important forum to mold our next generation of leaders.’’

Highlights of the Sept. 18 keynote address will be discussion of responsible gaming, the future of Internet gaming, and casino development in the United Kingdom, Mexico and Macau.

Other notable names on the speakers’ roster include Michael Gauselmann of Atronic International, Ernie Stevens of the National Indian Gaming Association, Gary Loveman of Harrah’s and Don Snyder of Boyd Gaming.

Representatives from every segment of the gaming industry are featured in the conference program, including Jacob Coin, executive director of California Nations Indian Gaming Association; Mark Van Norman, executive director of NIGA; Sue Schneider, president of The River City Group; Penelope Kyle, executive director of the Virginia Lottery; David Gale, executive director of the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL); Jay Hickey, president of the American Horse Council; and Martin Canepa, president of the Asociacion Latinoamericana de Juegos de Azar (ALAJA).

Regulatory officials in attendance include Peter Dean, chairman of the Gaming Board of Great Britain; Kevin Mullally, executive director of the Missouri Gaming Commission; and Tracy Burris, chairman of the gaming commission for the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma.

Organized by the AGA and Reed Exhibitions, G2E made its debut last fall. This year, the show has absorbed the International Gaming Congress and Expo, making it the industry’s premier event. For more information and reservations, call (888) 314-1378.